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David Lloyd George of the Ffestiniog Railway

A Fairlie is a type of articulated steam locomotive that has the driving wheels on bogies. The locomotive may be double-ended (a double Fairlie) or single ended (a single Fairlie). Fairlies are most associated with the Ffestiniog Railway in Wales.

While the Fairlie locomotives are used only on heritage railway, the vast majority of diesel and electric locomotives in the world today follow a form not very different from the Fairlie — two power trucks with all axles driven, and many also follow the Fairlie's double-ended concept, being capable of driving equally well in both directions.


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Intro   Development of the design    Examples in use    Problems with the design    Single Fairlie or Mason Bogie    P\u00e9chot-Bourdon locomotive    Modified Fairlie    Fairlies today   References  Bibliography  External links  

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David Lloyd George of the Ffestiniog Railway

A Fairlie is a type of articulated steam locomotive that has the driving wheels on bogies. The locomotive may be double-ended (a double Fairlie) or single ended (a single Fairlie). Fairlies are most associated with the Ffestiniog Railway in Wales.

While the Fairlie locomotives are used only on heritage railway, the vast majority of diesel and electric locomotives in the world today follow a form not very different from the Fairlie — two power trucks with all axles driven, and many also follow the Fairlie's double-ended concept, being capable of driving equally well in both directions.


Fairlie locomotive sections
Intro   Development of the design    Examples in use    Problems with the design    Single Fairlie or Mason Bogie    P\u00e9chot-Bourdon locomotive    Modified Fairlie    Fairlies today   References  Bibliography  External links  

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